Alabama Hospital to Discontinue IVF After 2024

Mobile Infirmary Hospital

An Alabama hospital on Wednesday announced that it would discontinue in vitro fertilization (IVF) services at the end of the year due to the legal controversy surrounding the practice.

Multiple healthcare providers paused IVF treatments in the wake of a February decision by the state Supreme Court asserting that frozen embryos created through the process enjoy the same rights as “unborn children.” GOP Gov. Kay Ivey, in March, signed a law providing legal protection for IVF providers, though that effort has evidently not calmed the nerves of some of them.

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Alabama Gov Signs Law Protecting IVF After Landmark Ruling Declared Frozen Embryos ‘Children’

Kay Ivey

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill Wednesday evening that gives medical professionals who freeze embryos for fertility treatments immunity from criminal prosecution.

The bill was proposed by lawmakers in February after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos created during the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) were “children” and multiple IVF clinics shut down as a result due to concerns about being prosecuted. Ivey announced that she had signed the bill in a statement released on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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